Deborah A. Smathers

January 12, 1947 - September 09, 2019

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Thursday, September 12, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pleasant View Church of Christ, 200 Fox Lake Road, Angola

Friday, September 13, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Pleasant View Church of Christ, 200 Fox Lake Road, Angola


Friday, September 13, 10:00 AM
Pleasant View Church of Christ, 200 Fox Lake Road, Angola


Deborah A. Smathers, 72, of Hudson died Monday, September 9, 2019, at 8:48 p.m. at Northern Lakes Nursing & Rehab in Angola where she had resided since March 26th.

She was born January 12, 1947, in Angola to Max and Gloria (Deller) Spangle.

On December 18, 1971, in Angola she married Lynn R. Smathers. He survives in Hudson.

Mrs. Smathers retired after 43 years as a teacher for MSD of Steuben County, having taught at Pleasant Lake, Hendry Park, and Ryan Park schools

She was a charter member of the Pleasant View Church of Christ in Angola and Psi Iota Xi Sorority in Angola.

Deb enjoyed mowing grass, working in the garden, caning, bike riding, and reading. She also loved her grandchildren dearly.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer (Jon) Cleaver of Thompson Station, Tennessee, and Kara (Cameron) McElwrath of Auburn, Illinois; five grandchildren, Max Cleaver, Gracie Cleaver, Ben Cleaver, Cameron McElwrath, and Hunter McElwrath; mother-in-law, Dorothy Dunkelberger of Angola; a sister-in-law, Susan Spangle of Angola; and two brothers-in-law, Philip (Bea) Smathers of Kinderhook, MI, and Dale (Sylvia) Smathers of Hudson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, James Spangle.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 13, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Church of Christ, 200 Fox Lake Road, Angola with Pastor Al LaRue officiating. Burial will be in Circle Cemetery, Hudson.

Calling is Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service.

Preferred memorials are to Pleasant View Church of Christ.

Young Family Funeral Home, Hudson-Ashley Chapel, 612 North Main Street, Hudson is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Rachel (Woods) Weatherly
September 16th, 2019 7:07pm
South Bend

So sad to hear of this loss. I student taught with Deb years ago. She was such a sweet soul. Not only that, but after I struggled to find a fitting apartment, she allowed me to live with her and Lynn while I figured it out. It was such a blessing! She was so kind and loving. She will be greatly missed, but she made an incredible impact while she was here.

Emily Clingan
September 12th, 2019 10:21pm

September 12th, 2019 8:19pm

So sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. She loved Jesus, so we know she is at home with Him now. Debbie was always a sweet lady who loved people and children. She was always an encouragement to others. I loved her laugh. She will be missed.

Tim Kugler
September 12th, 2019 12:45am

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Tim, Sherry,and Kacee Kugler

Luanne Putnam
September 11th, 2019 11:40pm
North Fort Myers, FL

Lynn, Jenny and Kara, So sorry for your loss of a beautiful lady. She will be missed. She was a great teacher loved by her students and co-workers.

Barb Ogle
September 11th, 2019 3:58pm
Angola, IN

Lynn, Thinking of you and praying for peace.

Lynn Syler
September 11th, 2019 12:29pm
Angola, IN

Jenny, I’m very sorry to hear about your mom. I’ll be thinking of you and your family.

Tom Bender
September 11th, 2019 10:39am
Fort Wayne

Lynn - Condolences to you and your family. So very sorry for your loss.

Rachel McCue
September 11th, 2019 2:59am
Elkhart IN

Mrs. Smathers was a wonderful first grade teacher. My first grade teacher. I am so sorry for your family's loss.

Frenche Salaiz
September 11th, 2019 2:52am
Angola, Indiana

Sending our deepest condolences for the loss of your mom wife grandmother. She was my son's teacher very nice lady always love talking to her. She will be missed by many who loved her dearly. Thinking of you during this difficult time.